Preppy Spring Outfit Ideas for East Coast Classic Style Lovers | Rhyme & Reason

Preppy Spring Outfits

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Happy Friday loves! I’m so looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend! Do you have any fun plans!? It is going to be crazy hot in Charleston so I want to spend as much time by the water as possible… must catch an ocean breeze! I have a few fun new pieces that I’ve been looking for an occasion to wear so this holiday weekend just might be my ticket! I’ll most likely be sporting some preppy spring outfits that scream spring meets summer so stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m sharing some of my favorite similar outfits with y’all that are perfect to wear for the remainder of spring and for the summer season ahead. With all the Memorial Day weekend sales going on, I was able to find a bunch of outfit items on sale to recommend! I hope you enjoy! xx

Preppy Spring Outfit Ideas for East Coast Classic Style Lovers | Rhyme & Reason

What Is Preppy Spring Style

What is preppy spring style you ask? I think it can mean different things to different people! To me, preppy spring style involves a lot of stripes and florals with a few polka dot prints thrown in (in the fall, insert plaids!). Preppy style is much more synonymous with East Coast style than it is with West Coast style. Having lived on both coasts before, I have to say that I agree with this general statement. Preppy style never shies away from pops of bright or pastel color or bold prints and is classified by clean cut styles over distressed styles (ex: classic blue jeans vs. distressed denim). Also, if you would ever classify your style as nautical, then your style might be more preppy than you think!

Admittedly, this all pretty much describes how I dress… I wear a ton of color, stripes, and florals and definitely define my style to fit more of an East Coast aesthetic. I literally can’t pull off distressed denim! Cool “It” girl style that so many of my Los Angeles friends rock so well is just not inherently me. It got me thinking that I have a lot of spring preppy style outfit ideas that I want to share with y’all! If you share my style sense, then this post is for you!

Preppy Spring Outfits

Print Mixing Stripes & Gingham

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Dress / Sandals / Purse

I absolutely love this outfit because I can never resist print mixing! The style of my stripe dress is utter perfection with its slight fit and flare silhouette. I also adore these gingham block heel sandals with simple jeans and tee outfits in addition to sundresses. More here.

My Everyday Outfit

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Top (similar for less: one, two, three) / Scarf / Jeans (also love these) / Purse / Loafers / Necklace

This preppy spring outfit can best be described as the outfit I wear everyday. I mean, how can you beat a pair of blue jeans, classic loafers, and a stripe button-down. The crochet trim on the button-down is a whimsical touch of fun! More here.

Plaid for Spring

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Dress / Purse / Sandals

Here’s the great news, you can wear plaid in the spring! I get more compliments when I wear this dress then I can even tell you. The sherbet colors are delicious for spring and the bold plaid check is a preppy style lovers dream! More here.

Setting Sail in Stripes

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On Jillian: Hoodie / Jeans / Converse / Purse / Sunglasses

On Sarah: Dress / Sandals

Memorial Day weekend is the last hoorah of spring so why not make it an all-American celebration!? Sarah and I both sported stripes for a recent boating outing at Palmetto Bluff, which is something I wish we could do every weekend! My button-up blue jeans have been my favorite jeans all spring long… I love the crop on them! Add on a simple stripe hoodie (perfect for chilly spring evenings) with a fresh white pair of Converse (I’ll be wearing these all summer long) and you’ve got yourself an outfit. More here.

Preppy Resort Wear

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Dress / Clutch / Slides (similar, similar) / Earrings (sold out – similar, similar)

I can never not sing Persifor’s praises! Persifor is the master of chic resort wear with preppy prints and lively colors. This dotty wrap dress is a springtime must! More here.

Navy or Nothing

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Dress (c/o, also comes in pink!) / Purse / Ballet Flats / Scarf (similar)

I love all the little details of this dress including the ladylike pleats, adorable pockets, and perfect navy color. It also comes in pink! It pairs perfectly with my light blue ballet flats too and bamboo bag. An all around win! More here.

Preppy Color Punch

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On Jillian: Dress (old – similar options: one, two, three, four, five, six) / Purse (old – similar, similar)

On Sarah: Dress (old – similar options: one, two, three) / Purse (also love this and this)

Preppy spring outfits call for lots of color (in my opinion!). My sister and I embodied this with a couple of maxi dresses, hers floral and mine gingham. Both of our dresses are old but I found a handful of other über fun gingham dresses like mine and three beautiful green dresses like Sarah’s. I can’t get enough of green for spring! More here.

Beachy Keen

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Coverup (old – similar) / Espadrilles (color combo old – similar, similar) / Straw Tote (old – similar, similar)

Beachy keen for spring! This ruffle sleeve beach coverup (it works as a dress too) has been one of my favorites for the last two years. I absolutely love this season’s version of my dress in green! More here.

I hope y’all have a wonderful long weekend! Shop the above looks for lots of on sale items but stay tuned for more sale scoop from me! xx

Photography by Edwin Eversole

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